How much should we respect religious policies?
A Roman Catholic adoption charity has lost its appeal to not place children with gay people. How much should the law recognise religious teachings?
The charity, Catholic Care, applied for exemption from new anti-discrimination laws so it could restrict its services to homosexual couples on religious grounds.
The Charity Commission said gay people were suitable parents and religious views did not justify discrimination.
Can respect for religious views be a justification for discrimination? Should the law take precedence over religious beliefs? What should be the balance between the rights of organisations and the rights of minority groups?
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